Brest v Lyon
Brest start their home match against Lyon on Wednesday as significant underdogs, with their only home victory this season having come immediately before the international break via a 2-1 success over Troyes.
The Breton side are currently being headed up by a three-man coach team following the departure of Michel Der Zakarian, with two wins, a draw and two defeats posted in these games, making them a little unpredictable. Lyon, too, have yet to really hit a sound rhythm under Laurent Blanc.
Goals, though, should be expected at both ends of the field in this encounter. OL might have beaten Liverpool in the friendlies building up to this match, but they subsequently drew with Ligue 2 side Sochaux and lost against Monza. In both these games, the performance was alarming, with a lack of defensive aggression a particular problem.
Short of full-back options ahead of the trip to Brittany, with Malo Gusto, Henrique and World Cup winner Nicolas Tagliafico all out, they are going to be threadbare at the back. Although Brest are hardly prolific at home, they should have the capacity to take advantage. Similarly, Lyon are better going forward than they are defensively.
Meanwhile, in 10 of the last 11 fixtures between these clubs, both teams have scored. Indeed, score draws have been commonplace, with eight in this run. There is value backing both teams to score or over 2.5 goals, with five of the last six between these clubs producing such an outcome.
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